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ANG 6930/ANT 4930 ANTHROPOLOGY & GLOBAL HEALTH Wednesdays, 5:10-8:10 pm Keene-Flint Hall 101 Dr. Alyson G. Young Office: Grinter 433 Office Hours: 2-4 pm Mondays and by appt. Office Phone: 392-1896 x. 303 Email:  [email protected] E-Learning: https://lss.at.ufl.edu Course blog: http://globalhealthuf.wordpress.com COURSE DESCRIPTION According to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies (2008), global health is, “The  health problems, issues, and concerns that transcend national boundaries, which may be  influenced by circumstances or experiences in other countries, and are best addressed by  cooperative actions and solutions.”  While this definition may seem straightforward, the actual practice of improving global health is  diverse, and complicated by the numerous approaches and perspectives used by various  stakeholders including health practitioners, community health workers, health scientists,  activists, and social researchers. In this class, we will examine what it means to use a “global  health perspective” and the complex interactions between economy, ecology, geography,  politics, and culture in the construction and representation of global public health. Unfortunately,  we don’t have enough time to cover all the topics in depth, so a diverse set of readings have been  provided for students to synthesize and discuss each week. Obviously, many of these issues are  intertwined--so as the course progresses, you will develop a more nuanced understanding of the  interaction of historical, cultural, and political-economic variables and the way they mediate  inequalities in health across the globe. By the end of this course you should be able to: Understand the foundation and development of the global health perspective and the  impacts of globalization on health. Understand how the anthropology and social sciences in general can help inform our  understanding of and response to disparities in global health, and the ways that different  disciplines approach global health concerns.  
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Be able to identify some of the major issues in global health and critically evaluate the  solutions proposed by different stakeholders. COURSE FORMAT This course is mixed undergrad/graduate seminar and will consist of class discussion, exams,  and a final project. Advance preparation is important for this class because we will cover a wide  array of material in a relatively short period of time.  COURSE MATERIALS Nichter, M. (2008)  Global Health: Why Cultural Perceptions, Social Representations, and  Biopolitics Matter . Tucson, University of Arizona Press.
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